Review: Ordinary #3
WHAT IF YOUR ONLY SUPERPOWER WAS TO BE ABLE TO CHUG A DECAF LATTE? One day divorced plumber Michael Fisher woke up in his crummy one-bedroom apartment in Queens, New York, and discovered that everyone on planet Earth had gained super-powers… apart from him. The most ordinary man alive has now made it into Manhattan, hoping to rescue his estranged son, Josh, from the creature trapping him in his school.
The third and final (maybe) installment of Titan Comics’ new series about an ordinary man who finds himself in some extraordinary circumstances hits today. The aptly titled Ordinary is from the creative team of writer Rob Williams and artist D’Israeli. The first two issues got things off to an interesting start, but does this month’s finale bring things to an end that’s anything but ordinary?
Michael has fought his way from Queens to Manhattan after the world went crazy and everyone in the entire world, except Michael, gained superpowers. While Michael doesn’t have any special gifts, he has decided to stop being such a screw-up for once in his life and do something right. He’s in search of his son, Josh, and he’s trying not to let anything stand in his way. The only problem is that a giant monster is standing in his way when he arrives at the school. If all of that wasn’t enough, Michael’s outburst on the news about not having powers has gotten the attention of the increasingly evil Vice President and the good doctor Tara McDonald. Can Michael save his son? Will he be the cure to saving humanity from its super powered plague? Will all of this be too much for Michael, causing him to run away from all responsibility yet again?
Williams writes a fantastic finale that surprisingly pulls heavily on the heartstrings. This has been a fast-paced, fun and funny series, and Williams keeps that up for the finale, but when Michael finds his son things take an interesting turn. Michael has been slowly evolving into a likeable guy, and Williams continues that and gives the journey a surprising twists that makes what Michael has been fighting for even more of a gut punch. Everything starts tying together with Michael’s story, the government, and the cause for the powers, but there are still a few questions left unanswered. None of the unanswered questions hurt the enjoyment of the series, and some make the reader think about what they’ve read (which is always great). D’Israeli has proven he can be big and bold with the fantastical world created by the plague that unleashes the powers, but this issue proves the artist can also handle the quieter and more emotional beats just as well. D’Israeli has perfectly captured Williams’ story for three issues, and this one lets the artist explore a little more than just flashy powered crowd scenes and sharp and witty scenes involving the government’s response to the epidemic. The colors are bright and vivid, making all the little details pop right off the page.
Bottom Line: Ordinary #3 ends on a high note. Williams and D’Israeli have used three issues to tell an extraordinarily fleshed out and expansive story in a relatively short amount of time. There is room for more exploration in this world, and it would be nice to see more, but this could easily serve as an actual end. No matter which route is taken, Ordinary is something special. 4.5/5
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